The Farmstead FUNdraiser... Here's the dirt:
School Nights at The Farmstead
Hold a special night for your school at Idaho’s Favorite Farm—The Farmstead! We will offer a promotional rate for your students, their families, and friends of just $5.66 per person plus tax. This is regularly priced at $8.49 plus tax. Additionally, we will donate to your school $1 from each admission. School FUNdraisers are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (in September), and Thursday nights throughout the season.
Benefits of holding a School Night at The Farmstead
Promotional Admission Rate: Students and their families will be excited to visit one of the Treasure Valley’s most popular fall season attractions at 33% off the regular admission price.
True Entertainment Value: Most attractions at The Farmstead are included with the general admission. This is not a “free admission but it costs money to do anything” situation. The MAiZE, Corn Poppers (Jumping Pillows), Cow Train, hayrides, Corn Cob Beach, Famous Idaho® Potato Sack Slide, spider web, and more are included in admission. Examples of activities that require extra money are Pony Rides, Apple Blaster shots, and pumpkin purchases.
Unifying Social Event: Students, Parents, and Teachers build relationships as they interact socially. The fall season timing makes for a great “opening social” for your school.
Generate Revenue from The Farmstead: The Farmstead will make a donation in the amount of $1 per admission from your school during your school night.
Increase Participation and/or Revenue! (OPTIONAL)
Loose Change Contest: Conduct a contest to determine which teacher should kiss the pig or compete in the pie-eating contest during the school night at The Farmstead. Students who have participated by voting with their loose change are more likely to come to the event!
Kiss The Pig: The “winning” teacher will get to kiss one of The Farmstead’s adorable racing pigs in a fun and engaging show during your school night. This will surely be the high point of your FUNdraiser!
Pie-Eating Contest: The “winning” teachers (2) will face off against each other as they challenge one another in a whipped-cream-filled pumpkin-pie-eating contest. The students will be talking about this FUNdraiser all year long!
Frequently Asked FUNdraiser Questions
Q: Why should a school hold a Farmstead FUNdraiser?
A: A Farmstead FUNdraiser is unlike most other opportunities because the focus is on fun. Sales fundraisers have their place, but a school can only have so many before their audience is exhausted. The Farmstead Fundraiser offers a valuable unifying event while building (rather than spending) your valuable funds.
Q: How much can a school make from a Farmstead FUNdraiser?
A: The success of a Farmstead FUNdraiser depends entirely on your publicity. Families are thrilled to get such a reduced admission to The Farmstead, especially when they understand that they won’t have to spend any more money once they are there. They are even more excited when they know they are generating money for their school. Take an average example from 2011. A Kuna elementary school with about 400 students raised $500 in Kiss The Pig change and had approximately 425 people attend the Farmstead Fundraiser Night. Additional revenue from apparel sales put school (PTA) revenue close to $1,000.00.
Q: Why The Farmstead?
A: The Farmstead is a leader in educating and entertaining Idaho families, beginning in 1997 with Idaho’s Original Corn Maze. It is part of a production farm operated by Jim and Hillary Lowe of Kuna (view their bio). The Farmstead is located at 2500 South Eagle Road in Kuna, ID, and has been recognized by TIME magazine, USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, and other national, regional, and local media.
Q: What else does The Farmstead do for schools?